types of kurtis

*Everything* A Desi Girl Needs To Know About Kurtis!

Sangeeta Baruah

Fashion Writer

If there’s one clothing item that EVERY desi girl loves, it definitely has to be the kurti! After all, they are super pretty and keep us comfy all day long! Admit it, girls, nothing can make you look as good and feel as comfortable as the age-old kurtis do! Be it either the days we just can’t decide what to wear or on special occasions, kurtis will always come to our rescue. Kurtas make every desi girl’s wardrobe so much prettier! Kurtis are also a nice midpoint between Indian and western. They can be accessorised, styled and paired with a host of different separates.




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We give you the latest edition of kurtis that are so fancy you can wear them at parties and look stunning! Read on to find out how to style these fabulous kurtis and some of the most stylish neck designs for kurtis.Take your pick from all this awesomeness!


Types Of Kurtis:


1. A Formal Kurti


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A formal kurta is one that you can wear to work on a hot summer day and walk in straight for that important board meeting. You need one that’s contemporary, modern in design yet looks Indian, and is boasts of subtle Indian elements.


POPxo Recommends: Navy Blue Solid Kurta (Rs 1,699)




2. A Shirt Kurti


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A collared kurta that is functional and fits well is an essential. It’s a nice break from the round necklines that are usually crowding your closet. Shirt kurtas can also be styled in a more western way - throw on a jacket and add collar cuffs to it, to look absolutely fab!


POPxo Recommends: Mint Green Shirt Kurta (Rs 1,119)


3. A Colour Block Kurti


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A colour block kurta is an absolute must-have, especially in the summer. A bold choice both in terms of colour and silhouette, this piece makes an interesting statement piece. Plus, the colour block trend works really well for Indian wear!


POPxo Recommends: Pink And Purple Colour Block Kurta (Rs 419)


4. A Tie-Up Kurti


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What’s better than wearing a loungy, airy kurta with a tie-up, to cinch your waist? Well, our guess is - nothing! This pretty kurta is fashion-forward, with its modern silhouette and its breezy fresh colour. Pair it with palazzos or a skirt in a contrasting hue for a summer fete.  


POPxo Recommends: Yellow Tie-Up Detail Kurta (Rs 1,099)




5. A High Low Kurti


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High-low kurtas are really in! It’s what happens when Indian wear gets a cool new makeover. The design is casual, wearable but still has this dressy, girly and flirty vibe to it. If you don’t have a stock of high-low kurtas in your wardrobe already, start with this one!


POPxo Recommends: Turquoise High Low Kurta (Rs 999)


6. A Slit Kurti


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Slit kurtas have changed the face of Indi-dressing and made it a whole lot sexier! We’ve always loved having a slit in our dresses to give it a sexy spin. But we had never really gotten around to making the kurta look this good. Well, until now. The side slit is perfect to garner enough attention and make it the centrepiece of your ensemble!


POPxo Recommends: Beige And Black Printed Slit Kurta (Rs 824)


7. A Kurti Dress




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What’s a kurta if you can’t wear it as a dress? This one’s a summer piece you can live in! It looks really interesting and has a boho feel to it… Plus the relaxed fit makes it a perfect summer dress. So invest in a few, and start with this one!


POPxo Recommends: Asymmetrical Kurta Dress (Rs 999)


8. A-Line Kurti


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An A-line kurta is feminine, pretty and has the perfect silhouette for every body type. It’s also the most comfortable one to sport. Keep your hair in a cutesy braid and accessorise it up.  


POPxo Recommends: Fuschia Pink A-Line Kurta (Rs 869)


9. A Kurti With A Jacket


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The kurta layered with a jacket is a trend you have to try this season. It’s a favourite amongst celebrities. The style looks amazing especially when you mix two separate patterns together. Try combining Indian prints such as ajrakhs, dabu with other block prints to create an interesting look.


POPxo Recommends: Print Kurta With Jacket (Rs 999)




10. An Asymmetrical Kurti


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This kurta is the right way to pull off a sexy Indian look. Wear it with a heavy ethnic skirt, lots of bangles and heels to look absolutely stunning. This asymmetrical kurta is a must-have in your desi closet, especially if you have a thing for keeping up with fashion trends.


POPxo Recommends: Orange Printed Kurta (Rs 419)


We can never have enough kurtis in our wardrobe and our favourite celebs always keep inspiring us with new designs and styles. If you want to truly stand out and not pick run-of-the-mill pieces but want something unique, take a cue for these celebs and get your tailor to make kurtis like these for you this season. Perfect for shaadi functions and otherwise also.  


How To Style A Kurti:


1. Skirt It Up










 

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It’s all about experimenting with new silhouettes and a flared skirt is a great way to go about it. It’s a combination that will look really fabulous and exciting at the same time. You can wear this combination for a day wedding, or even for a reception.


2. Salwar Flare










 

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Salwars are basically so comfortable, have a relaxed silhouette and a lot of volume. If you opt for a well-fitted kurti, you can wear it with a salwar for a semi-casual function. You can contrast the colours of your kurti and salwar to bring out the best.  


3. Dhoti Pants Game On










 

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Dhoti pants are the cool cousin of salwars, with just the right spin of sass. They can look extremely fashionable when paired with a kurti. This outfit is a sure winner for a sangeet or mehndi function or simply when you want to add a little sparkle to your desi style.


4. No-Fail Jeans


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Jeans are perhaps the best way to mix and match your kurti without giving it a second thought. They look comfortable to lounge in yet give your body shape. Jeans are for everyday wear and you really can’t go wrong by adding a kurti to the mix. Since kurtis are loose, pair them with skinny jeans to balance out your silhouette.


5.  Loungy Palazzo Pants












 

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Of course, who doesn’t love a nice pair of palazzo pants? We sure do, and considering how great they look with a cute kurti, they are really your best bet to take you from office to party, just like that! They ooze comfort but also spell understated elegance!


6. Skinny Fit Leggings












 

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Leggings are a great bet to looking slim in a kurti. They will look great no matter what you pair them with, and can never go out of fashion. Pair your printed kurtis with plain leggings in myriad shades and they will surely look good!


7. Festive In A Sharara












 

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The best cross between palazzos and straight fit pants are shararas, they’re Indian in feel but contemporary in functionality and form. You can pair your regular kurti with a pair of shararas and strut the street, ladies!


8. Classy Straight Fit Pants










 

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Silk, straight fitted pants are such a stunner. If you love Indian wear and want to take your look from the boardroom to the bar, a look like this will make the cut. Pair them with high heels to give the look some swag!


A girl who likes to wear kurtas, likes to experiment with different styles too! Of course, we all have our favourite ones, but trying some new designs never hurt anyone! There is always scope to style them in unusual and trendy ways! Here are some exclusive neck designs that are on trend and look so good!


Best Neck Designs For Kurti:




1. The Clean Cut Collar!


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There is so much to admire in this simple kurta. From the meticulously placed buttons to the outlandish print pattern on one side of the kurta and the fitted mandarin collar. This one is perfect for formal occasions.


POPxo Recommends: W Kurta With Mandarin Collar (Rs. 1,699)


2. Cold Shoulder Lovin’


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This popular western cut has made a huge statement in Indian wear and isn’t going anywhere. This season, move away from the regular kurtis and experiment with interesting sleeves and off-shoulder options.


POPxo Recommends: Printed Flared Kurta with Cold-Shoulder Sleeves (Rs. 1,049)


2. The V Neck










 

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If you want a blouse that does no skin-show, opt for a short kurti style instead. This peplum style kurti top worn by Karisma Kapoor displays how one can style kurtis in a different manner. It will cover up without giving up even an inch on the glamour quotient.


POPxo Recommends: Saadgi Black Embellished Handwork Kurti (Rs. 1998)


3. Halter Haute


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Halter kurtis are suddenly making their way back into fashion, and we’re really loving this comeback. If you’re looking for something sexy, try this neckline for a cocktail occasion.  


POPxo Recommends: Gerua Black Printed Rayon Blend Kuta (Rs 699)


4. Loungy Lazy


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This kurti is an ode to looking your fashionable best while feeling relaxed and comfortable. Try this style out if you love unstructured silhouettes and a simple round neck. Accessories with a statement necklace for some dramatic impact.  


POPxo Recommends: Black Art Crepe Kurta (450)


5. The Boat Neck


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Alter and cut a few inches from your festive kurta to make it appeal well-fitted, structured and show off your collar bones. Now pair it with a lehenga, an ethnic skirt or even a saree. It will look great, trust us! The trick to wearing a boat neck kurta as a blouse is to keep the fitting real perfect. Also ensure, if you’re going for a heavy kurta-blouse, to keep your bottoms simple and fuss-free.


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6. Off Shoulder Sass


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Again a very western cut, but feels great when paired with other Indian wear silhouettes. You can pair an off shoulder kurti with dhoti pants, a saree or even a lehenga. These work the best when you want to keep your look a little casual and not too dressy.


POPxo Recommends: Masaba Gupta Red Horse Printed Off Shoulder Top with Beige Drape Skirt (Rs 15,000 )


7. Asymmetrical Geometry










 

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This one’s such a breath of fresh air between all the regular looking kurtis. This kurti is longer in the front but is backless with just tassel tie-ups. How sexy is that? We sure love this kurti design and can’t wait to try it.


POPxo Recommends: Esha Koul Blouse And Lehenga Set (Rs 16,500 )


What are you waiting for, ladies? Get your kurti style up a notch with these fab ideas!

Published on Dec 06, 2017
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